Electrical Jobs Around The Home In Which You Can Involve Your Kids
If you have enough knowledge of basic electrical projects around the home, you might occasionally decide to handle a job yourself instead of call an electrician. Children will often be curious about what you're doing, and you don't necessarily have to shoo your kids away when you're working. While you certainly need to keep them out of harm's way, there are certain projects in which you can involve your kids, beyond simple things such as holding your screwdriver when you're not using it. Here are some assorted tasks that young children can easily handle.
Helping With Killing The Power
The first step of any electrical job is to cut off the power supply, which is something that is safe for your children to help with. Kids can help in a couple of different ways. If you want to take your child to the home's circuit panel box and identify the breaker that needs to be flipped off, he or she can easily do this job and feel helpful. For older children, you can simply send them down to the box with the instruction to flip a breaker with a certain number. Another strategy is to keep your kids in the room you're working in and turn the light on. Then, go down to the breaker panel and flip the breaker; when the light turns off, your kids can yell to you. This is obviously a sign that the circuit has been killed.
Holding A Fixture While You Connect The Wiring
Even if you're mainly just trying to involve your kids for some quality time together, they can actually prove useful. For example, if you're installing a light fixture, an extra set of hands makes the job much easier. Have a child hold the fixture close to the wall while you connect the wiring. On your own, it's a challenge to do the wiring while also holding the fixture, so your child will really be able to make the job go more smoothly.
Checking For A Current
If you're drilling into a wall to install an electrical component, whether it's a switch, an outlet or a light, you'll first want to get a sense of where the wiring might be. One way that you can reveal this information is with a current tester — and you can easily involve your child. Have the child hold the device against the wall and slowly slide it over the wall's surface where you're going to be working. The device will light up and beep upon sensing a current, which will provide information for you — and likely amuse your child because of the lights and beeps.
If you have any complex or dangerous projects to do, keep your kids out of the way and call an electrician instead so everybody stays safe.